Syndicate Bank PO Exam

Syndicate Bank PO: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 8, 2022

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Generally, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection decides the Syndicate PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus. So the syllabus will be similar to the PO examinations conducted by other banks in India. Aspirants will have to prepare well for the objective as well as the descriptive test.

Because the candidates who got passed the online preliminary test will be eligible to attend the descriptive test.

Likewise, a candidate who gained the minimum or more than the minimum marks stated by the IBPS will be allowed to attend the descriptive test in English.

Once the syllabus is available on the official website. Then candidates can download it. For more information, you can check out this official link https://canarabank.com/

Syndicate Bank PO Exam Syllabus

English LanguageVocabulary-based (Idioms & Phrases, Synonyms-Antonyms, etc.)Sentence connectors.   And also, Theme-based or the odd one out questions, fill in the blanks, Sentence improvement. In addition Spotting Errors, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension.
ReasoningSeries-based questions, Order & Ranking, Direction Sense, Blood Relations.   Then, Coding-Decoding, Logical Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, input-Output Syllogism. In addition Inequality, Seating Arrangement & Puzzles.
Quantitative AptitudeMensuration, Time, speed & distance, Time, work & wages, Mixtures & Allegations.   And also the Pipes & Cisterns, Simple & Compound Interest, Probability, Boats & Streams, Partnership, Profit, Loss & Discount, Problem of Age. Then, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation. In addition, Quadratic Equations, Simplification/Approximation, Number Series.
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs, Banking Awareness, Books & Authors.   then Important Days, Prime Ministers’ Schemes, Headquarters. Awards, Important Places, Books & Authors, Currencies, Static General Knowledge.

Syndicate Bank PO Exam Pattern

The online test consists of objective and descriptive type tests. Also, the bank has the right to modify the structure of the test. Since April 1, 2020 Syndicate bank has merged with Canara Bank. So, this would likely impact the recruitment process as well.  In case of changes, it will be intimated through the official website of the Syndicate Bank.

Syndicate Bank PO examination selection process consists of an online written examination, group discussion, and also personal interview. Syndicate Bank  PO candidates must be dedicated, hardworking, and good at communication skills.

Candidates must get qualified marks in the online objective test to be qualified for the Descriptive Test. Above all the descriptive test is usually conducted to check the candidate’s English skills.

Here are the Syndicate Bank Po examination stages

  • Online Written Examination
  • Descriptive Test
  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview

Syndicate Bank PO examination pattern comprises of four sections

  • Reasoning
  • General English
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Banking
  • Awareness

A descriptive test will be conducted after the completion of the online written examination. As already said, the descriptive test will examine candidates’ writing and also English skills. Eventually the candidate who passed the online written and descriptive test will get qualified for the Group Discussion, Personal Interview (PI). 

Prelims Pattern

Generally, the candidates will have 60 minutes for the online preliminary examination computer-based exam. The exam has a set of 100 one-mark questions, every 100 multiple-choice questions holding each 1 mark. Candidates will also get a negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answers. It is a bilingual exam. Candidates can attend the exam in Hindi or English, but the English skill-related questions will be in English only.

Here is the syndicate Bank PO the preliminary examination pattern.

Name of SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
English3030English20   minutes
Quantitative   Aptitude3535English   and Hindi20   minutes
Reasoning   Ability353520   minutes
Total100100Bilingual1 hour

Mains Pattern

  • Generally, the general category candidate should secure a minimum of 50% of the total marks to qualifying for the Interview round.
  • Likewise, the reserved category candidates must secure a minimum of 45% of the total marks to get into the next stage. The ratio of the result will be based on the candidate’s performance.
  • Generally, the total marks gained in the exam, and the interview process holds the ratio of 80:20.

We have also added the Main examination pattern of the Syndicate Bank PO.

Type   of TestSectionsNumber   of questionsTotal   marksDuration
    Objective Type TestGeneral   Awareness50502 Hours
English   Language5050
Quantitative   Aptitude5050
Reasoning5050
Descriptive   Type TestEnglish   Language25030   minutes

Interview Process

  • Firstly, Candidates qualifying in the main examination get selected for the interview round. This is the final round in the entire recruitment process.
  • secondly, The organizing committee will announce the candidates selected for the Interview round.
  • Thirdly, the Interview round will be held 100 marks.
  • Finally, the candidates should get 40% of the total marks.
  • Likewise, reserved categories need to secure only 35% of the total marks for qualifying in the interview round.

Reasoning Books

The following books cover the topics of Logical Reasoning (Verbal and also Non-Verbal Reasoning topics). Generally, the following books are the bests suggested by the experts.

I have also listed out the following books. Since they have helped many aspirants to achieve the positions in banks.

  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition – R.S Aggarwal ( Author)- 2012
  • Kiran’s Tricky Approach To Competitive Reasoning (Verbal & Non-Verbal)- Kiran ( Author) –  2016
  • Bank PO Reasoning (Chapter wise Solved Papers)- Arihant Experts ( Author) – 2017
  • And also, Solved Papers (IBPS/SBI Bank PO/Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Reasoning)- 2017- Disha Experts ( Author)

Quantitative Aptitude Books

The following books cover the topics of system, HCF & LCM, Number series, Problems based on numbers, Percentage, Average & Ages Ratio & Proportion, Simple interest, and also compound interest, Ratio and proportions, Time and Distance, Average,  Mensuration, Profit, and loss, etc. Generally, the following books are the bests suggested by the experts.

I have also listed out the following books

  • Magical Book On Quicker Maths – M.TYRA ( Author) – 2013
  • IBPS Bank PO Quantitative Guide – Nishit Sinha ( Author) – 2016
  • Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude- Disha Expert ( Author) – 2016
  • And also Bank PO Exam Quantitative Aptitude (Chapter-wise Solved Papers) –  2017- Arihant Experts ( Author)

English Language Books 

The following books cover the topics of General English, Comprehension, and Spelling. Generally, the following books are the bests suggested by the experts.

I have also listed out the following books

  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations 5th Edition- Hari Mohan prasad- 2014
  • Essential Grammar In Use 3rd Edition- Raymond Murphy- 2007
  • Comprehensive Guide to IBPS Bank PO Preliminary & Main Exam- Disha Experts- 2017
  • Bank PO Exams English Language (Chapter-wise Solved Papers)- Arihant- 2017
  • And also Bank PO Exams English language (Chapter-wise Solved Papers)- Kiran- 2016

General Awareness Books

The following books cover the topics of  News, Current Affairs, Economy, Marketing, Sports, Finance, Agriculture, banking terms, and history. Generally, the following books are the bests suggested by the experts.

I have also listed out the following books

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge- Binay Karna- 2015
  • General Knowledge- Manohar Pandey- 2015
  • Banking Awareness- Arihant Experts- 2015
  • General Awareness Book (Basic Banking & Financial Issues)- Gautham Majumdar- 2012
  • and also Banking Awareness- Arihant Experts- 2015

Exam Preparation tips

To secure qualified marks in the Syndicate Bank PO examination, candidates must focus on important concepts while practicing each section. The objective type of the test is the reasoning ability section, quantitative aptitude, English language, and also general awareness section.  Candidates must analyze their capabilities and should set a time for each section.

General Tips: 

  • Create an effective study plan. so that you can study accordingly
  • Have adequate knowledge of the exam pattern and also about the syllabus
  • Collect all the study material on time accordingly.
  • Try mock tests both sectionally and also in full length.
  • Use the mock tests consequently to identify your performance. It will also help to analyze your weaker areas.
  • Then make notes of things that are difficult to practice like, formulas and rules or theories. So it will help you during the revision.
  • Similarly, Use enough time on the revision as well. It will also be highly useful to take up a speed in the examination.
  • And also, update yourself with current affairs daily. It will highly helpful above all.
  • Moreover, the practice with previous year’s question papers.

Reasoning Ability Section

  • Constant practice is needed for this section. so the candidate should try mock tests often
  • The majority of this section will also have questions related to Arrangements & patterns, coding & decoding, distance and direction, inequalities, syllogisms, input & output, data sufficiency, blood relations, puzzles, seating arrangements, and verbal reasoning.
  • Coding and decoding is an important language that needs special focus while practicing.
  • ‘Distance and direction’ is the section where we can score a bit easier, so have some appropriate preparation.
  • Blood relations will also have questions related to the family tree, coded blood relations, etc. so concentrate on both parts.
  • Verbal reasoning is a time-consuming one, so you need to practice and improve your speed in solving statements and conclusions.
  • Generally, Questions from puzzles must involve Scheduling, and order rankings, floor puzzles, even this section needs enough practice.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Similar to Reasoning ability, quantitative aptitude is another section that needs a lot of practice.
  • Candidates should focus on the topics such as data interpretation, simplification, miscellaneous, quadratic equations, and number series.
  • Simplification, quadratic equations, and number series are easy to moderate so finish off practicing these topics at the beginning itself.
  • Generally, Average, percentage, ratio & proportion, permutation, decimals, fractions, surds, indices, complete the series, find the missing term ar. And also a few of the other important concepts that demand a special focus.

English language

  • English language section is less time-consuming because it will have questions of cloze test, sentence improvement,  reading comprehension. And also para jumbles phrase replacement, error spotting, filling in the blanks, and sentence completions.
  • To get more marks in this section, candidates must make it a habit of reading or following English newspapers, magazines, also watching news channels.
  • Passages based on education technology, banking will also be in the exam. In order to increase their marks in these particular sections, aspirants should make it a practice of answering passage-related questions. While practicing try to upgrade the speed of solving passages by identifying the keywords.
  • Candidates can also attempt online quizzes. It will make your way easy for preparation especially for spotting errors.

General Awareness Section

  • The general awareness section might be tricky because the range of current affairs is comparatively high. But you can score easily by practicing.
  • Candidates should know what topics to focus on while practicing for the exam. Syndicate Bank PO exam will also involve questions of banking, currency-related, and finance.
  • Also, aspirants should focus on current affairs around the world.
  • Take online current affairs quizzes regularly, so that you can pick up the speed.
  • Read books related to GK and follow newspapers regularly because it will enhance knowledge in dynamic gk.
  • Following current affairs will also help in the interview section.

Descriptive section

Generally, there will be two questions in the descriptive paper. Similarly, the two questions will mostly be in the form of an essay or letter writing. Also, The descriptive paper will be carried on right after the objective paper.

  • Have a rough sketch of your thoughts and organize them before writing the answer.
  • Make sure your writings are grammatically correct so that you can gain more marks.
  • Divide your writings into paragraphs and also make sure each paragraph you write has a certain point.
  • Then, have some idea about formatting essays and letter writing concepts.

Now you have some idea about the preparation and as well as tricks. You must completely rely on the practice part as much as you can. The Syndicate bank PO exam syllabus is almost the same as the other bank PO exams, so you can attempt the mock test of other bank PO.  Also, It would help you in cracking the exam in the first attempt itself.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q.1 Is the Syndicate Bank PO Exam syllabus similar to other bank PO exam syllabus?

A. Yes, The Syndicate bank PO exam syllabus is almost the same as the other bank PO exams, so you can attempt the mock test of other bank PO.  You can also add it as a part of the revision.

Q.2 Who is responsible for formulating the exam syllabus?

A. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection decides the syllabus for the syndicate Bank PO. So the syllabus will be very much similar to the banking PO examinations conducted by other banks in India. And also, they are responsible to conduct the examination.

Q.3 How many stages are in the syndicate and PO examination?

A. Online Written Examination, then Descriptive Test, Group Discussion followed by personal Interview.

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